Thursday, December 29, 2016

Spotlight: Thwarted Escape by Lopamudra Banerjee

Good day Everyone !

Introducing Lopamudra Banerjee's new book:THWARTED ESCAPE about an Immigrant's Wayward Journey. Join me to know more about this book:
Thwarted Escape by Lopamudra Banerjee
Thwarted Escape by Lopamudra Banerjee
Offers for the book:
Check out THWARTED ESCAPE featured on Authorspress India's website at a much discounted price (in India).


How far can one truly go away from his/her ancestral roots, filial ties and the claustrophobic grip of traditions and the reminiscence of an emotionally fraught childhood and puberty? The book begins with this particular quest, and it is this quest which gains momentum as a woman seeks the essence of herself-identity ten thousand miles away from her Bengali hometown. With the lens of a time-traveller, her narrative journey encompasses her first sexual abuse, her first tryst with death, austerity, the strangeness of rituals, the inexplicable feelings of puberty and also her surrendering to love, procreation, motherhood. In herself-chosen exile in the US, she discovers that deep within; her ancestral roots a real soothe well spring of her psychological, spiritual existence. In the process, she keeps on oscillating between assimilating and disintegrating, which forms the core of her journey.


A Foolish Thing Was But A Toy

The living room has been swarming with the bodies of men, neighbors, relatives, acquaintances, sneaking into, playing cards, burning with the ashes of smoked cigars. These are the bodies which she has stumbled on, brushed aside in the threshold of womanhood that has unleashed the awareness of‘body’. The body, which has been abused, caressed, revered, gratified. The body which has been stalked by roaming eyes has been swept by awe while encountering other bodies, in a road that leads to delight and discovery. ‘Love’, the four-letter word, sweeping her off her feet in various phases, has turned the body into a dormant volcano, an evening sonata, a bird song.

In the beginning of knowing the body, knowing the blossoming of breasts, the ache and throb of growing up slaps hard at the stupor and confusion of childhood. The muffled sound of innocence fades and dies alongside drops of blood in the soapy bath water. Growing up has ever since been a venom of fierceness and beauty, a scribbled bliss in letters, scrapbooks and photographs.

In a child’s bubble, two decades after, the tiny shreds of a girlhood blow away in the dusky sky, blow away like alive poems, remembered wind. There it goes, a life lived in the naiveté of childhood, a life lived in the murky darkness of adulthood, a life lived like a taunting song of womanhood. There you see it form and breath. There you see it rip off like an old family album, drowning in a deep, abandoned well.

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Offers for the book:
Check out THWARTED ESCAPE featured on Authorspress India's website at a much discounted price (in India).

Author bio: 
Lopamudra Banerjee
Lopamudra Banerjee

Lopamudra Banerjee is a writer, poet and translator, currently based in Dallas, USA. She is the co-editor of the short story anthology Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas, published by Readomania in collaboration with Incredible Women of India. She has also been the Creative Editor of Incredible Women of India and a Deputy Editor at Learning and Creativity e-mag.

Thwarted Escape, her debut narrative/autobiographical novel, has been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews and Media LLC, USA. Her literary works have appeared at numerous literary journals and anthologies, both in India and the US. She has received the Reuel International Award 2016 for her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore's novella Nastanirh (The Broken Home) instituted by The Significant League, a renowned literature group in Facebook.

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